Learn about Fairtrade

FAIRTRADE: Pupils at Catcote School Business and Enterprise College hold their bunting.
FAIRTRADE: Pupils at Catcote School Business and Enterprise College hold their bunting.

ENTERPRISING students have been learning about an initiative that helps improve the lives of millions of producers and farmers in developing countries.

Pupils at Catcote School Business and Enterprise College, in Catcote Road, took time out from lessons to take part in Fairtrade Enterprise week, which saw each class at the school chose a different product to study.

Products included cocoa, pineapples and cotton and pupils were tasked with researching how the products get from their country of origin onto shelves in stores and supermarkets across the UK.

Each class created a scrapbook highlighting the path of their product from field to customer and a collage was also created which will form part of a permanent display at the school.

Staff also organised for students to take part in designing and colouring Fairtrade cotton bunting, which will be sent off to help create the world’s longest piece of bunting, with the help of other schools.

Barry Currell, enterprise teacher at the school, said: “The week was a big success and all of the children learned a great deal about Fairtrade and we are pleased to have developed a Fairtrade ethos at the school.

“We are aiming to be a Fairtrade school and we wanted to use this week to broaden the children’s minds and give them a greater understanding of what Fairtrade is all about.

“As part of the week, we organised workshops for pupils to enjoy and they included Fairtrade flower arrangements, cooking sessions using Fairtrade products and sport sessions using Fairtrade footballs.

“The children also helped design cotton bunting for a world record attempt so there was plenty going on to keep everyone entertained.”

A group of students also went to Middleton Grange Shopping Centre to sell a range of biscuits, cookies and other snacks that they had baked at school using Fairtrade ingredients.

Profits from the sale will be used to buy Fairtrade aprons for pupils.

Mr Currell added: “We were keen to involve all pupils in the activities and we also had parents and some students from Springwell School taking part throughout the week.”

The school also has a coffee shop on site which sells Fairtrade products.